EcoTourism in Madison County Florida
Whether you are a serious biker or just want to chip away at a goal, "The Loop" is a must. It consists of 135 miles through beautiful Madison County in the challenging hills and farmlands of northern Florida. Many biking groups visit Madison County annually, some have done so every year for over 25 years! They enjoy our bike lanes, rails to trails facilities and our friendly and courteous residents. You can start and finish where you want, and there are several shortcuts that are just as interesting and beautiful. Bike "The Loop" and see the land, sky, wildlife, trees and breathtaking beauty of Madison County, Florida.
Boating on the 600-acre Cherry Lake offers opportunities for virtually every kind of water sport from water skiing and knee-boarding to swimming and sailing. Not to mention the quality fishing for largemouth bass and most all pan fish varieties. Cherry Lake is the sight of a beautiful water front county park which offers restrooms, picnic tables, a boat ramp with limited trailer parking and a great swimming area. In addition, several boat ramps are conveniently located along Madison's rivers. Madison County is bordered on three sides by three beautiful, wild and majestic rivers. The Aucilla River is located on the western boundary of the county, the Withlacoochee comes out of Georgia and forms some of our northern border, and the world famous Suwannee Riverconnects with the Withlacoochee on the east side of Madison County. Kayakers and outfitters of all types travel from around the United States to enjoy the River Experience in Madison County, Florida.
Bring your binoculars and your sighting log, and then get ready to add dozens of species to your list. Madison County's forests, rivers and ponds attract hundreds of native species, such as the sand hill cranes, along with birds that migrate here seasonally. And come prepared for a few sightings of a lifetime! Native species as well as migratory birds and exotics frequent Madison County, Florida. The 20-acre Ladell Brothers Outdoor Environmental Center is located on the campus of North Florida Community College, in the city of Madison. The nature center was developed to preserve the homes of as many species of plants and animals as possible. Habitat diversity includes a black gum-red maple swamp, marsh area, a 4-acre pond, spring fed stream, deciduous woods, pine woods, campus grasslands, and a planted field. Over 200 species of organisms... plants from violets to hickory trees... and animals from the grey fox to plant mites have been sighted or identified. Habitats, animals, and plants may be observed by walking the loop trail system at the Center. The Center consist of three different trails of varying length and difficulty.